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Nuggets trade for Renaldo Balkman

July 30th, 2008 by aswitzer
Balkman brings defensive intensity

Balkman brings defensive intensity

The Nuggets trade little used guards Bobby Jones and Taurean Green, and a second round 2010 draft pick to the New York Knicks on Monday, for forward Renaldo Balkman. The Nuggets also got some cash, but gave up the peanuts they acquired in the Marcus Camby trade.

Other than that last sly remark, you could basically say that the Nuggets got Balkman with the roster space and pick the Nuggets acquired from the Camby deal. While this is still a horrible swap talent-wise, you can at least start to see the direction the Nuggets are heading in with an overall increased focus on man-to-man defense.

Nuggets fans may remember that Balkman played some inspired defense on Carmelo at times last year when the Knicks put him on the court to try and cover Carmelo during their two match-ups. The 6-foot-8 Balkman averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 65 games last year, and shot nearly .500 from the field over the past two seasons since being drafted in the second round in 2006.

The Knicks promptly waived Jones and Green today to help free up some cap space. Balkman should see some minutes off the bench for the Nuggets based on his energy and defense-first mentality.

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